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Lesson 01: The First Americans

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Lesson 01: The First Americans




Learn about the first Americans, the voyage of Christopher Columbus, and Cortez' defeat of the Aztecs.

To watch the interactive media files (see left-hand column) first click the link to open it, then right-click anywhere on the page and select "play".


Audience Learning: High School and Pre-College
Language English

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Reviewer: historyaddict123 - - July 22, 2015
Subject: How to play video
I need help how can you play the video it wont load for me just a slideshow with pictures
Reviewer: oliviaP - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2014
Subject: Additional Comment
You can see the last two reviewers have read Howard Zinn who openly discloses that he has a Marxist agenda in his writings. His book was based on cherry picked data of sources taken out of context to have a jaded look at patriotism in the USA. This is destroying our country so that all those lives lost are in vain. While there are flaws in our history, to say that the American experiment is deeply flawed is nonsense as we have changed the world to work for liberty instead. As a result the people of the world are rising out of poverty and embracing longer more prosperous lives that embrace freedom of the human spirit. Don't listen to the cynical reviews.
Reviewer: xtreme707 - favorite - November 5, 2006
Subject: bull...
It's kind of funny how the narator says that most of the Native Americans were mainly concentrated in Central and South America. Of course, they're just preparing the mind of the reader for later on, just so they wont think that the Pilgrims and all of them killed most of the Native Americans when they came to North America. Good psychology. Makes me look forward to Thanksgiving. (high sarcasm)
Reviewer: doubleagentoo2 - favorite - August 12, 2006
Subject: Crap.
Pretty horrible, just like a hackneyed high-school text book. When Columbus meets the natives, the narrator makes it seem like he was a swell guy, but there's not one mention of the slavery and genocide, child sex slave trade, and all of the other horrible things that came once COlumbus came to North America. Heck, it doesn't even mention that he took Indian slaves the first time he encountered them. That Columbus, man among men. (sarcasm)
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